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Upcoming winter forums to address ‘smart growth’ in Wood River Valley

By January 24, 2022February 18th, 2022Media Coverage

The Wood River Land Trust’s “Thinking Globally, Acting Locally” speaker series and the Wood River Women’s Foundation’s annual “State of the Valley” forum will each address population growth in Blaine County, according to statements from both organizations.

The Land Trust’s “Thinking Globally, Acting Locally” discussion is scheduled for 6 p.m. this Thursday, Jan. 27. The Women’s Foundation’s “State of the Valley” forum will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m.

Both events will be held at The Community Library, 415 Spruce Ave. in Ketchum.

Themed “Growth Planning Based on Community Values,” this week’s Wood River Land Trust discussion will feature speakers Elaine Clegg and Land Trust Executive Director Scott Boettger.

Clegg is the program director for Idaho Smart Growth, a Boise nonprofit.

“An Idaho native, [Clegg] has been an activist in growth management issues in the Boise area since 1984, including serving as neighborhood association board member and president, and now as a Boise City council member,” the Land Trust stated. “Elaine has been working throughout Idaho to lead community based placemaking charrettes that have led to transit master plans in places like Sandpoint, downtown revitalization plans in Idaho Falls and area of city impact plans across Idaho.”

Clegg will gather input from the audience on “how the communities of the Wood River Valley can start to find common ground based on shared values,” according to the Land Trust.

“As Idaho continues to experience unprecedented growth, now is the time to give voice to what makes the Wood River Valley so special, and how we can accommodate growth without undermining the fundamental elements that create the home we all love,” the organization stated.

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